Jimmy Vesey, for the second straight year, Vesey (VEE-zee) is a Hobey hat trick finalist. Known as a great two-way player who made others around him better, he is the nation’s leading goal scorer over the past two seasons bagging 56 goals including 24 this year.
For two years in a row, Vesey is the Ivy League Player of the Year, the ECAC Player of the Year, First Team allconference and a repeat winner of the Walter Brown Award as the top American-born player in New England.
In 33 games this past year, Vesey scored 24 goals and 22 assists for 46 points, often playing with extra coverage for this veteran sniper.
A Nashville draft pick (3rd round), Vesey turned down a pro offer last year to complete his senior season and finish his degree in Government.
He speaks fluent Mandarin and assists in several community projects including the Travis Roy Foundation fundraiser and helping in maintenance to get a high school ready for the school year.
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An outstanding playmaking center iceman, Compher (COME-fer) leads the nation in assists and is second in scoring. As captain of the Wolverines, he is known as a solid two-way player and a great leader. A First Team all-conference selection in the Big Ten, Compher had an 18-game point streak earlier in the season and his plus-minus of +35 is fourth in the nation.
Playing collegiately in his hometown, Lynch was the Atlantic Hockey scoring champion, First Team all-conference and the circuit’s Player of the Year. His 55 points in 39 games is currently fourth in the nation, and he was known as a player dangerous in all situations. Especially effective on the penalty kill, Lynch had 8 short-handed goals this season to lead the country.
Coming off an All American season a year ago when he led the nation in goals against average, save percentage and shutouts, Lyon had another banner season. Lyon was named First Team All-Ivy League, ECAC Goalie of the Year and First Team all-conference, as well as being a finalist for ECAC Player of the Year. Also a finalist for the Walter Brown Award, Lyon was a big part of Yale’s rise to a second place finish in the ECAC.
Motte joined linemates Compher and Connor as the only line to ever become Hobey top ten finalists, giving Michigan the most potent line in college hockey. Motte currently sits second in the nation in goal scoring and third in points. A Big Ten First Team all-conference recipient, he had an 18-game point streak and 12-game goal scoring streak earlier in the season.
The lone Canadian in the Hobey top ten this year, Petan (peh-TAN) has already taken home a truckload of hardware from the WCHA including Player of the Year, First Team all-conference and WCHA scoring champion. Petan, the team captain, helped Tech to a share of the WCHA regular season title as the Huskies had only one loss in 2016 until their final game loss to Ferris State.
A break-out campaign for Poturalski (potter-ALL-ski) saw him soar to near the top in the nation in scoring. Deadly on the power play, Poturalski’s 24 points with the man advantage ties him for first in the nation and helped him to the Hockey East scoring title. Twice named Hockey East Player of the Month, Poturalski, was also a First Team all-conference honoree and signed a pro contract as a free agent with the Carolina Hurricanes at the completion of his season.
The lone defenseman to crack the top ten had a fabulous finish to his career. Prow led all blueliners in the nation in both points and assists. With the playmaking quarterback on the power play, the Huskies had one of the best power plays in the nation. Prow’s prowess on the ice earned him NCHC Player of the Year honors, Defenseman of the Year, Offensive Defenseman of the Year and First Team all-conference.